Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and natural gas driller Brigham Exploration (Nasdaq: BEXP) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Brigham's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Brigham facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Austin, Texas (1990)

Market Cap

$1.6 billion


Oil and gas exploration and production

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$68.3 million


CEO Ben Brigham (since 1990)
CFO Eugene Shepherd, Jr. (since 2002)

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity


Compound Annual Revenue Growth (Over Past 3 Years)


1-Year Return



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Highly Rated Oil and Gas Alternatives

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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's), Yahoo! Finance, and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 9% of the 130 All-Star members who have rated Brigham believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include pjanji06 and mrindependent, both of whom are ranked in the top 6% of our community.

Two weeks ago, pjanji06 showed skepticism over Brigham's soaring stock price:

this stock has skyrocketed in past year.
its 2 year and 3 year charts have shown significant gains over S&P 500.
Last time this stock was at these levels was when oil was near $140/barrel
ratios aren't that impressive.

In a pitch from just last week, mrindependent also urged Fools to explore other opportunities:

I am a contrarian investor and the market seems too frothy and happy to me. Thus, I feel compelled to redthumb some stocks. Although Brigham Exploration is currently losing money, analysts expect profits in '10 and beyond. The balance sheet looks sound. The company came to my attention because it appeared on my "Overpriced Stocks" screen. ... Insider selling is strong.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Chesapeake is a Motley Fool Inside Value pick. The Fool owns shares of Chesapeake. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.